- Idris Wase has revealed his reasons for not allowing Gbilah present a petition before lawmakers
- According to him, his move was strictly based on rules of parliamentary procedures
- He said this following criticism that greeted his actions
Following the backlash that followed the utterance in which he said that Nigerians in the diaspora cannot write petition over the state of insecurity in Nigeria, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, has defended himself.
The lawmaker had recently stopped a member of the House, Mark Gbilah from laying a petition while he (Wase) was presiding during plenary session.
According to him, his decision to prevent Gbilah was strictly based on rules of parliamentary procedures.
He disclosed this in a statement by his media aide, Umar Puma, on Monday, March 15.
Going further, he explained that the reports in circulation had been “doctored, slanted and bent to give political and ethnic coloration to an event that was otherwise strictly based on parliamentary procedures”.
He said he prevented the lawmaker from presenting the petition “based on the identity(ies) of the petitioners and not based on the fact that they are based outside Nigeria.
Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that in what will shock many Nigerians, Wase claimed that Nigerians in the Diaspora have no right sending petitions to the House on issues happening in Nigeria.
The deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, claimed they have no right to complain about insecurity since they don’t live around.
He said this at a plenary while sitting in for Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called for the relocation of those displaced due to the construction of a cargo airport in Ebonyi state.
The group made the demand in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its president, Ambassador Pascal Oluchchukwu on Tuesday, March 9.
The AESID lamented that those affected have remained displaced from their ancestral homes since February 2020 due to the construction of the airport.
AESID had earlier called on the security agencies in Nigeria to probe some political office holders in Ebonyi over the recent communal clashes witnessed in some areas of the state.
Oluchkwu had in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday. January 25, condemned the mayhem, alleging that it was politically motivated.
Meanwhile, the group recently commended the new commissioner of police in the state for acting with the utmost professionalism.
AESID noted that CP Aliyu Garba has discharged his duties without fear of favour since his resumption as the chief police officer of the southeast state.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.